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ACCENT HEALTHY LIVING SECTION D | TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012 | CULTURE EDITOR: Larry Aydlette

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ACCENT HEALTHY LIVING SECTION D | TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012 | CULTURE EDITOR: Larry Aydlette (561)

SECTION D | TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012 |

CULTURE EDITOR:

Larry Aydlette (561) 820-4436 pb_accent@pbpost.com

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All about being the best you can be.

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Reflecting on the top of Steve’s head. Columnist Steve Dorfman’s

hair loss is evident between

a 2004 image (far left) and

a recent photo.

Gone today…hair tomorrow?

Our Boomer Health reporter seeks remedies for his thinning follicles

Health reporter seeks remedies for his thinning follicles THOMA S CORDY/Staff Photographer Steve Dorfman has his

THOMAS CORDY/Staff Photographer

Steve Dorfman has his hair density measured by hair technician Carol Dennis and Dr. Alan Bauman at the Bauman Medical Group in Boca Raton. The columnist says his hair loss since 2010 has coincided with a non-life-threatening blood condition and its treatment regimen.

By STEVE DORFMAN

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

I t’s interesting how our self-perception — and how the rest of the world perceives us is shaped throughout

our lives by our hair’s length and volume.

For men, in our younger years … the more hair we have, the older we look. Howeve r, there co mes a ti pp in g point in adulthood when … the more hair we have, the younger we look. Up until recently, I’d personally never given this much thought. Why would I? I always had a pretty full head of hair. In my 20s, I had accepted as fact my dad’s (erroneous) assertion that, Since you’re not showing any signs of balding now, you never will.” (Of course, he’d retained his lustrous, wavy pompadour until his dying day; not even chemotherapy affected it.) Throughout my 30s and into my early 40s, my hairline and hair-growth rate appeared to remain uncompromised. But a few years ago, despite exercising regularly and eating right, I began

despite exercising re gul arly and eating right , I be gan THOMA S CORDY/Staff Photographer

THOMAS CORDY/Staff Photographer

LIGHT ON TOP: Hair restoration patient Steve Dorfman examines a low-level-laser-light hat, the LaserCap, which he will wear every other day.

experiencing recurring bouts of low-grade feve r, re duced st amina and, at ti mes, overwhelming fatigue. In 2010, I was diagnosed with a non-life- threatening blood condition that, among other things, left me severely anemic, hemoglobin-depleted and in need of hematological-infusion therapy. See BOOMER, 5D >

See Steve’s regimen versus hair transplantation, 5D

Getting thin

on top?

By the age of 35, two- thirds of U.S. men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss. By the age of 50, about 85 percent of men have significantly thinning hair. Approximately 25 percent of men who experience ‘male pattern baldness’ begin doing so by age 21. Some 40 percent of all hair-loss sufferers in the U.S. are women. According to The Washington Post, American hair-loss sufferers spend more than $3.5 billion annually to improve their condition.

(Source: American Hair Loss Association)

Ge t your gray matter to se e new colors

Scientist lists aspects of ‘emotional style’ that might be holding you back. Good news: You can fix them.

be holding yo u back. Good news: Yo u ca n fix them. By HEIDI STEVENS

By HEIDI STEVENS

Chicago Tribune

Life’s slings and arrows” is Harvard-educated neuro- sci entist Ri cha rd J. Da vi d- son’s phrase for the events we spend our days ducking, sometimes unsuccessfully. Losing out on that pro- motion. Getting dumped. Navigating a cocktail part y of boors (or bores). The stuff that conspires to keep us in a foul mood, despite our best intentions. And Davidson argues that our response to such events — and even to full-on tragedies, such as the death of a loved one — is as much

a part of our identity as our fingerprints. Each of us is a color- wheel combination of the resilience, outlook, social intuition, self-awareness, context and attention dimen- sions of emotional style,” he writes in his new book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Hudson Street Press), a unique blend that describes how you perceive the world and react to it, how you engage with others and how you navigate the obstacle course of life.” Unlike our fingerprints, though, our emotional style can be altered. We have the

though, our emotional style can be altered. “ We have the powe r, ” Da vi

powe r, ” Da vi ds on cont ends , to live our lives and train our brains in ways that will shift where we fall on each of the six dimensions of emotional style.” That may sound more like your yoga instructor than a guy who has spent the past

three decades studying brain chemistry. But study brain chemistry he does, which makes his findings all the more compelling. (And he did spend three months during graduate school in India and Sri Lanka studying meditation; therefore, he’s entitled to sound a little like a yogi.) So, the six dimensions. Davidson, a professor of psychology and psychiatr y at the University of Wiscon- sin-Madison, identifies them as such, based on activity he has identified in specific brain circuits:

RESILIENCE: How slowly or quickly you recover from adversity.

See BRAIN, 7D >

FROM DR. OZ:

Tale of the tongue

See BRAIN, 7D > FROM DR. OZ: Ta le of the tongue Albert Einstein famously stuck

Albert Einstein famously stuck out his tongue, and Chinese medicine practitioners read the tongue for clues to inner health. The tongue — that undulating muscle covered with pointy papillae and 10,000 taste buds that sense sweet, salty, sour and bitter — has on its surface thousands of bacteria, some pro (as in ‘probiotics’) and some con (as in ‘make your breath so bad you can’t have a conversation’). When everything is OK, the tongue is pinkish and sits comfortably in your mouth.

Use a tongue scraper or toothbrush to remove plaque and bacteria and keep breath fresh. Sometimes, however, the tongue changes. Three disorders — with no serious health consequences but lots of ick factor — include black-hair y, yellow and geographic tongue. (Geographic tongue causes smooth red patches with raised edges.) These conditions may be from bacterial overgrowth, an immune system glitch or an allerg y. Other tongue problems? Small ulcers on the edges of the tongue pop up from stress; lesions (raised, smooth, white areas) could indicate oral cancer; and thrush (a yeast infection) turns the tongue white. Solutions?

1. Antibiotics may be needed.

But before trying them or other medications, try saltwater rinses along with brushing and flossing a lot.

2. Don’t smoke! And stop using

mouthwash or toothpaste with peroxide or with astringents such as menthol. If symptoms (especially a hard and white lesion) stay for 10 days, see your dentist or ENT (otolaryngologist). It may save your life.

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To re scue a he ad of hair, take action early, sp ecialist urge s

> BOOMER from 1D

Happily, I can report that, after two years of

trial-and-error treat ment,

I’ve gotten the condition mostly under control. Unfortunately, photos taken earlier this year show that I’ve lost control (as if I ever had any) over my hairline. Seemingly overnight, my scalp now shines through my ever-thinning hairline, and my temples have become prominent enough to host Sabbath services. Whether the blood condition and hair degradation are causally connected, or merely coincidental, I’ll never know (middle-age illness ca n tr igge r, or ac ce le ra te, androgenic alopecia).

Heeding the call

What I do know is that, when the universe sends you certain signals, you must pay attention. Around the same time,

I also received a query

from the office of Dr. Alan Bauman, a nationally

renowned hair-restoration specialist based in Boca Raton. He was interested in working on an article teaching boomer-age readers how to avoid the need for hair transplan- tation via non-invasive therapies. Well, Bauman and I got to talking, and I lamented the unsettling recession/ thinning of my own hair. Bauman was intrigued. Actually, he was more than intrigued — he thought that, because I was in the early stages of

hair loss, I’d be the ideal candidate to guide readers through the process of utilizing non-invasive protocols. He even agreed to treat me pro bono. So, motivated by a mixture of vanity and journalistic curiosity,

I made my way to his

lakefront practice for a standard evaluation. This included:

Z A full review of

my medical and family history (no baldness on Dad’s side, but my

maternal grandfather and uncle were both cue-ball smooth before age 30);

Z Microscopic hair-

density and hair-caliber

testing via a device called

a Foll is cope;

Z Measurements of my

hair-mass index” with

the Ha irCheck Tracki ng

device;

Z Hair-shaft

morphology scan with the

HairScan Analysis device;

Z A series of medical

mug shots” to serve as my before” photos. All this high-tech baseline testing, which is quick and painless, provides you with a HairNumber” — that is, a numerical represen- tation on a zero-to-100

scale that combines your hair’s density (amount of hairs that are growing) and caliber (the hair’s thickness or quality) at various regions on your scalp. Not surprisingly, the top, side and rear areas registered relatively highly: in the 70s. Howeve r, the front areas at the forehead hairline and on the temples were far lower: in the 30s and 40s. This represents significant hair loss that, left unaddressed, will likely increase over time,” Bauman said. But all was not lost. The most important thing is to take action relatively early — which you’ve done — in order to preser ve as much of your natural hair as possible,” he explained. The biggest hair- restoration mistake people make, Dr. Bauman said, is to wait too long before seeking treat ment: Up to

50 percent of hair loss can happen before it’s even visible to the naked eye.” Considering my modest goals (restore some hairline thickness and temple coverage), Bauman recommended a protocol of topical and oral treat ments. The oral: daily supplements, available only through hair- restoration specialists. The topical: daily application of liquid Minoxidil; the wearing every other day of a low- level-laser-light skull cap called the LaserCap. The supplements and Minoxidil are pretty much industry-standard initial treat ments. Howeve r, not all ha ir- restoration doctors believe in the usefulness of laser- light treat ments. For inst ance, Dr. Vi ctor Loria of Palm Beach

Gardens and Boca Raton says, Low-level laser therapy is, at best, a very poor treat ment for hair

loss. Results are severely lacking, and it has only been FDA-approved for safety — not efficacy.” Can’t hurt to try, though. According to Bauman,

With your treat ments, it’ll take anywhere from three to six months before

we’ll begin to see any

measurable results.” So, until then, I’ll be diligently following the prescribed regimen

— and updating you later in the year.

~ steve_dorfman@pbpost.com

you late r in th e year. ~ steve_dorfman@pbpost.com THOMA S CORDY/Staff photographer At a consultation,

THOMAS CORDY/Staff photographer

At a consultation, Dr. Alan Bauman examines Steve Dorfman’s hairline with an iPhone camera and an optical accessory.

THE LATEST IN HAIR TRANSPLANTS

Transplants st rand-by- st rand

Perhaps no segment of the cosmetic-enhance- ment industry has progressed more in the past decade than that of hair-transplantation surgery. This is still a burgeoning — and largely unregulated — field. Nevertheless, in the hands of qualified, properly trained surgeons, today’s specialized instrumen- tation enables hair- restoration specialists to perform restoration procedures that are virtually painless and undetectable. The difference between what we did with hair transplan- tation in the 1990s, and what we can do now, is like the difference between George Wash in gton’s wooden dentures and today’s porcelain veneers,” says Boca Raton’s Dr. Alan Bauman, an interna- tionally recognized expert in hair-transplan- tation surgery. Thanks to follicle- unit extraction (FUE) via advanced medical instruments, so-called donor” hair can be harvested from the rear portion of the patient’s head (where the permanent” hair grows). Then — literally, strand by strand (or in tiny natural groupings known as follicular units”) — it is reinserted in the desired area(s) (again, literally strand by strand). It’s part art, part science,” explains Hair

“ It’s part ar t, pa rt scien ce,” expl ain s Hair Phot o courtesy

Photo courtesy of DR. ALAN BAUMAN

Jim Abath, a former Channel 25 newscaster and a Dr. Bauman patient.

Transplant Inst itute of Miami’s Dr. Bernard Nussbaum, another internationally renowned hair-transplant surgeon, who has been in the field for more than 25 years. The most sophis- ticated of these transplantation techniques are minimally invasive, requiring no incisions or visible re-stitching, and offer nominal discomfort/recovery time for the patient. What’s more, during the procedures, patients need to receive only local anesthesia and mild oral sedatives; they’re awake the whole time. Typi ca lly, surgeons charge on a per unit” basis for the FUE procedure, and these prices tend to range from $5 to $10 per follicular unit.

Depending on the severity of hair loss, patients usually require anywhere from 1,500 to 4,000 units grafted to achieve desired results, so these procedures can range in price from $7,500 to upwards of

$40,000.

Of course, hair transplantation doesn’t cure patients of the underlying condition — usually some form of androgenic alopecia — that necessitated the procedure in the first place. Therefore, to maximize, and then maintain, the regrown hair, patients are given post-op hair-growth protocols that often include topical, oral and laser-light treat ments, as well as prescription medications such as Propecia.

IS IT WORTH THE COST?

STEVE’S HAIR-

RESTORATION

REGIMEN

One-hour medical hair- loss evaluation: includes microscopic hair- density and hair-caliber testing; hair-mass index measurements; hair- shaft morphology scan; medical ‘mug shots’

($100);

Daily treatments

Z 10 drops of

compounded Minoxidil, massaged into the

temples/scalp twice a day (three-month supply: $256);

Z Viviscal Profes-

sional hair-growth

supplements, taken orally twice a day

(three-month supply:

$96);

Z

Appearex Biotin

$96);

Z

Wear portable

hair-growth supplement,

taken orally once a day (three-month supply:

LaserCap (which contains 224 individual laser-light diodes and covers the entire scalp) every other day for 30 minutes per session (cost of device: $3,000). (All services/products provided pro bono by Dr. Alan Bauman; baumanmedical.com. Steve will report on his progress later in the year.)

HAIR-

RESTORATION

REGULATORY

ORGANIZATIONS

American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery

International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery

International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

American Hair Loss Association

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